Changing Social Structure in Ghana: Essays in the Comparative Sociology of a new State and an old Tradition, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Changing Social Structure in Ghana

Essays in the Comparative Sociology of a new State and an old Tradition, 1st Edition

By Jack Goody


304 pages

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Originally published in 1975, this book presents the results of research into social change in Ghana. The book looks in detail at the problems of particular sub-groups and sectors in one single nation and they show that the field-worker with a wide comparative background in the range of pre-industrial societies has a positive role to play in contemporary social science.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Economics 1. Swindler or Public Benefactor? The Entrepreneur in His Community Keith Hart 2. The Growth of a Migrant Community: The Yoruba in Northern Ghana Jeremy Eades 3. The Effects of Cash Crops in an Ewe Community G. K. Nukunya 4. Female Roles in West African Towns Margaret Peil Part 2: Religion 1. Religion, Social Change and the Sociology of Conversion Jack Goody 2. On the Spread of Anti-Witchcraft Cults in Modern Asante Malcolm McLeod Part 3: Kinship 1. The West African Farming Household 2. Delegation of Parental Roles in West Africa and the West Indies Esther N. Goody 3. Economics and Kinship in Multi-Ethnic Dwellings Enid Schildkrout 4. A Study of Domestic Continuity and Change: Akan Senior Service Families in Accra Christine Oppong 5. Resettlement and Rehousing: Unintended Consequences Among the Nchumuru Part 4: Education 1. The Village School Teacher in Ghana A. F. Robertson

About the Author

Sir John Rankine Goody, FBA (27 July 1919 – 16 July 2015) was a British social anthropologist. He was a prominent lecturer at Cambridge University, and was William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology from 1973 to 1984.

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies